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2011-2012
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Discovery Room
As the Museum continues to raise funds for a new,
permanent
Discovery Room
, many significant changes
have been made to the existing facility. These changes
include adding comfortable seating, high-quality books
that appeal to readers of all ages, display cases with a
changing roster of animal mounts, a coral reef aquarium
and myriad resources that encourage active, hands-on
exploration such as a wind tunnel, discovery bins and
nature-based puzzles and interactives.
Explore Research
Explore Research
is a collaboration among UF’s
Florida Museum of Natural History, Office of Research
and Department of Agricultural Education and
Communication. Through this partnership, UF students
produced 46 videos about UF research. In addition
to playing in the Museum exhibit, these videos air on
WUFT-TV, YouTube and TeacherTube, with more than
120,000 online views over a three-month period.
Nature Viewing App
In 2012, the Museum released the
Nature Viewing
Along the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail
app,
which provides information to help users identify birds,
butterflies and flowering plants and also includes a list
of nearly 500 sites along the 2,000-mile trail that extends
from the Panhandle to the Keys. Available for the Android
platform and iOS, Apple’s phone and tablet operating
system, the app is downloaded about 14 times per day.
The project was funded with grants of $40,000 from the
Florida Wildflower Foundation and $9,500 from the Florida
Museum Associates Board.
Water: Discovering & Sharing Solutions
The Museum collaborated with the University of
Florida President’s Office and UF IFAS to produce
an exhibit celebrating the 150th anniversary of the
Morrill Act of 1862, which enabled the creation of land
grant universities like UF. The
Water: Discovering &
Sharing Solutions
exhibit was featured in Washington,
D.C., during the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in June,
which attracts more than 1 million attendees. Through
interactive displays, live animals and water tables, the
exhibit explains how UF is solving global challenges
involving water, invasive species and food production.
Center for
informal
science
education
Opposite page:
A young visitor enjoys
the hands-on wind tunnel
activity in the
Discovery
Room
. The Museum is
raising funds to build
a new, permanent
Discovery Room.
Left: Visitors enjoy
the Object Gallery in
Dickinson Hall during
the late1980s.